DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — As the wave of car burglaries and car thefts continue in communities like The Bridges, Seven Bridges, Stone Creek Ranches, Boca’s Boca Grove and other high-end developments, authorities are reminding residents to lock their cars and make smart choices.
An astonishing number of these thefts are occurring in vehicles left unlocked, many — incredibly — with keys IN the car.
PBSO reports that two suspects, described as black males, were seen in an unlocked vehicle in Seven Bridges last week before they were chased away. The men, according to police, then tailgated their way into The Bridges were they were allegedly involved with a car theft. The incidents happened during daylight hours. We reported on these crimes last week.
The Seven Bridges gates, as promoted on sales literature, are open during business hours.
A security expert, who asked not to be identified due to his pointed comments, tells BocaNewsNow.com that all crime stems from opportunity, and there is tremendous opportunity in many of these upscale communities.
“You have flashy, loud New Yorkers and New Jersey residents who are moving to Florida, see palm trees and gates, talk loudly about their wealth and act like they’re in La La land, immune from the reality of the world. They leave their Teslas, BMWs, Mercedes and Infiniti SUVs unlocked which is often evident by mirrors sticking out. These cars have New York and New Jersey license plates which make them targets. The rings of car thieves and burglars know that out of state plates may mean owners who aren’t familiar with what goes on down here.”
PBSO is encouraging everyone — but especially homeowners in communities that seem to be the target of crime — to download the “connect and protect” app from the Android, Google and Apple app stores. It’s free, and permits everyone to send photos and tips to depuities on patrol in the area.